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Home Renovation 102: Putting your Plan into Action (module 2 of 2)

  • WeWork Apollo 810 7th Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)

Are you looking for a home and feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of a rehab?

Do you own, and want to educate yourself before engaging contractors on a renovation project?

Created in response to a rising demographic of single women homeowners, this workshop is for all individuals who want to gain a better understanding of home improvement and construction management, with a focus on making residential renovation and rehab more approachable for women. Participants will learn about the building process from start to finish, while developing a plan for navigating wants versus needs.

Course content is split over two evenings: Tuesday, June 4th & Tuesday, June 18th from 6:00 - 8:00pm.

Participants may join for an individual session, but we strongly recommend attendance for both Part 1 and Part 2. In each session we will cover:

PART 1: Planning and Preparing to Renovate (June 4)

  • Plan and appropriately for your renovation

  • Identify the return on investment of your home improvement choices

  • Set realistic renovation and rehab expectations

  • Recognize the importance of research and a clearly articulated design vision

PART 2: Putting your Plan into Action (June 18)

  • Pros and cons of DIY versus hiring a professional

  • Find and select contractors and tradespeople

  • Understand legal considerations: contracts, permits, licenses and insurance

  • Procure supplies and materials

  • Project management, contingency planning and budgeting

About your Hosts:

The New Homemakers is a Collaborative between Erin Helland of HardHat Diplomat and Lee Pera of Kotierra

Lee is a geographer and community builder. A "third culture kid," she lived in 27 houses in six countries before landing in Washington, DC where she built her own tiny house on wheels and started a tiny house community. Founder of Kotierra, Lee shares her expertise as a tiny house consultant, helping communities and cities implement zoning changes for tiny house development and leading workshops for individuals curious about the movement. Previously, Lee worked in higher education as both a career advisor and study abroad advisor.

Erin is an entrepreneur and cultivator of community. For seven years, she built and owned an independent coffeehouse in Richmond, Virginia. She's now founder of HardHat Diplomat, a specialized consulting service created to make the home improvement process more approachable and help homeowners confidently navigate renovations. Erin is experienced in commercial and residential rehabilitation, and is a certified DC home inspector. She is a homeowner, landlady, and Airbnb Superhost. A cultural enthusiast, Erin lived several years abroad, has traveled to 40+ countries, and spent a decade working in international education and diplomacy.